Legislation Becomes Law
Now that the legislative session is over, I want to look at some of the reforms passed this year that were signed into law by the governor that will have a positive affect for Oklahomans.
In addition to giving teachers a second pay raise in two years, the Legislature also approved a pay raise of up to $1,400 for state employees for the second year in a row. These people perform much work for the citizens of Oklahoma – building roads, keeping our courts functioning, renewing our licenses and so much more. We must keep their pay competitive so we don’t lose them to the private sector and make it more difficult for Oklahomans to receive the services they need.
Correctional workers also will get raises of $2 per hour. These people do incredibly hard jobs to keep the public safe and yet get paid very low to work in such stressful circumstances. This will help cut down on understaffing and high turnover in our state correctional facilities and lead to improved safety for the public, staff and those incarcerated. Overall, the appropriation to the Department of Corrections increased by about $38 million, or 7.4 percent, and now totals $555.5 million.
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